Sunday, January 26 our church met in a town hall setting. The subject was whether we would be willing to give/donate the church building and grounds to CHAT with the understanding that CABC would be allowed to continue to meet in this space for a period of time as outlined in a renewable lease that is yet to be written. There was quality discussion and very few questions. Most came knowing how they felt. Everyone who want- ed to speak was afforded the opportunity. When the hour was over, there was no one waiting for the micro- phone. A ballot vote was taken with the question being, “Are you in favor of donating the church building and property to Church Hill Activities and Tutoring ena- bling CHAT’s ministry to grow and CABC to continue worshipping in the building. *CABC would retain rights to designated space as documented in a renewable lease.” There were 67individuals present for the meeting. 64 voted in favor and 2 voted no.
This is just the first step in the process. CHAT wants to have an assessment done to determine what issues there are in the building and then if those issues are beyond their reach. If they find that there are no surprises that they don’t feel they can handle, then leadership from both groups will meet and hammer out the details.
There is work to be done by CABC as we move for- ward. We will work toward putting in writing our desires for what needs to be in the lease, including what would happen should CHAT decide they no longer want to use the building for their purposes. We will also decide what if any money CABC would need to give CHAT for supplies etc. that both groups would use. We also need to make some decisions about what space in the building CABC wants to use as shared space and designated space. Then there is the task of cleaning out large amounts of storage space.
We will continue to work together as we move forward. Our church leadership is committed to transparency and providing all of the information that we can. There is the need for the church family to make the effort to attend important meetings. There was good representation at the town hall and it will be important to have that kind of representation moving forward.